The day you’ve been training towards is here – now what? The sweet spot to eat timing-wise is about 2 hours before your race. This gives your body time to digest and store the energy, but isn’t enough time for you to start using it up yet. You also don’t want to confuse your body. If you’ve been eating something specific before your long runs during training, stick to that. If you don’t have an idea of what works for you yet, start trying it out now. Race morning is not the time to try a new meal bar or shake that you’ve never had before and realize it was a mistake! We suggest a bowl of oatmeal, a banana, dried fruit, rice cakes, or simple toast.

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